My family and I have been enjoying being a part of the Legoland Ambassador program over the past several months. This Thursday, before 4th of July, we were invited to come check out the unveiling of their newly reconstructed New York replicas in Miniland New York. They have added the Freedom Tower to the collection of fabulous recreations in Miniland. The impressive Freedom tower took over 1200 hours to build and the freshening up of Miniland New York took six months to complete! It was well-worth the wait, too! They did an amazing job!
The Freedom Tower consists of more than 250,000 Lego bricks, it took 8 master builders to build it, and it weighs over 1,000 pounds! The Freedom Tower, at One World Trade Center, stands at 26 feet tall, making it the tallest of all the Lego buildings in the United States!
We were able to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, when the Freedom Tower was officially unveiled. There was a four piece brass band, the Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam on stilts, and a blast of confetti. Before the ribbon cutting, they played the National Anthem, which always brings me to tears! The fine people at Legoland invited the Carlsbad Police and Fire departments and their families to come to the celebration, which was really a touching gesture, considering the significance of the Freedom Tower to police and fire.
If you haven’t visited Legoland’s Miniland before, it’s quite impressive! We really like to wander through Miniland and see all the miniatures of places we’ve been and we’d like to go. The cool thing is, when they recreate a city or area, sometimes they record the ambient noise of that location and play it in front of the miniatures. One of my favorite displays is the pool at the Tropicana pool in Las Vegas. They brought the noise from the poolside and it really is cool! We always like the Star Wars Miniland displays and can spend hours walking around the different builds. One of my favorites is the mini display of Grand Central Station in New York. They have a working subway that runs the length of the display. It’s so fantastic!
If you’d like to join Legoland this Fourth of July, they’re having some really fun activities for families that come to visit!
Miniland New York and the One World Trade Center LEGO model open in time for the Resort’s Red White and Boom! 4th of the July celebration. The family fun event features activities such as water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, patriotic stroller parade, building activities and a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. The new LEGO models and Independence Day event are included with the price of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For more information, log onto www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).